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Review : Star Wars Black Series Imperial Probe Droid, The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary

The Imperial Probe Droid Deluxe Star Wars Black Series figure was released in April 2020 and was the third general release Deluxe figure, numbered D3. The figure was both a general release under Phase 3 of the Star Wars Black Series and part of the 40th Anniversary for The Empire Strikes Back.


Packaging 5/5

The Probe Droid is essentially a general release in the main Black Series line, and is classed as Deluxe and given the designation D3. The usual phase 3 elements are retained such as the Gregory Titus artwork, the Black Series logo and the red figure backdrop and side spine.

What is new, and also interesting in terms of design, is the introduction of other elements to the box. These include the curved tramline round the window - based on the original vintage Star Wars box design - and the use of the original Empire Strikes Back logo. This hybrid of styles is to define this release as part of the 40th Anniversary line for Empire. I do like this mash up over a full Vintage style box, and therefore also reduces the need to release the same figure twice in differing packaging.

The rear of the box also takes a slightly different curve with the bio for the figure, starting with similar text to the Vintage 40th card backs about the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary.

"Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with the Imperial Probe Droid. Tenacious hunters, probe droids are armed with powerful blasters"

Once unboxed you have the Probe Droid strapped into the inner sleeve with clear tabs. Most of these are easy enough to remove - but the one round the head is set so far back it is difficult to snip and you will have to tackle it from behind. Beside the droid in the inner tray is part of the stand.

The other half of the stand is the white snow part and this is strapped to the cardboard backing. The two parts clip together - but there is a specific way the ends line up, so just ensure this is right before pushing it all together and avoid the risk of breaking anything. Once again, there are no instructions from Hasbro on how to assemble or use the stand.

Once the two halves of the stand are in place, the Probe Droid slots down on top with a corresponding hole in the undercarriage of the droid.